Xiaomi released the Chinese MIUI 10 shell assembly with the number 8.8.3 for ten smartphones. Some of them appeared in the list of supported devices for the first time.
Who was lucky?
MIUI 10 China Beta ROM 8.8.3 is available for two modifications of the flagship 2014 Xiaomi Mi 4 and Redmi Pro – the first Xiaomi smartphone with a dual camera. In addition to these, the state employees of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650), Redmi 3S / 3X, Redmi Note 4 (MTK), Redmi Note 4X (MTK), Redmi 4, Redmi 4 Prime and Redmi 4A appear. Global versions of firmware have not appeared yet, but it’s not surprising – because of the detected errors, the developers recalled the previous assembly 8.8.2.
As expected, the entire upgrade to MIUI 10 will receive under 40 Xiaomi devices. Since June, the shell has been tested for 21 models, more about this we tell here. The Android version will differ depending on the model (starting with Marshmallow and ending with Oreo).
Until now, Xiaomi has not made clear about the fate of Mi A2, which will replace the Xiaomi Mi A1 and offer a stock Android. According to rumors, the novelty should become the twin brother of Xiaomi Mi 6X, if at all it is destined to come out. There are those who doubt its appearance in the market, the company is focused on the development and launch of other devices with an intact operating system from Google. Perhaps the Swiss online store digitec.ch knows more about whether Xiaomi Mi A2 is destined to appear on the market.
Online retailer has published details about this smartphone. Predictably, the characteristics of the novelty are identical to those offered by the Xiaomi Mi 6X and the only difference is that Mi A2 is built on the basis of Android On. The phone offers a 5.99-inch screen resolution of FullHD +, a metal case and a dual camera of 12 Mp + 20 Mp. Processor Snapdragon 660, 4/6 GB of RAM, flash drive for 32/64/128 GB and a battery capacity of 3010 mAh. The novelty will be available in three colors: black, blue and gold. According to the retailer, Xiaomi Mi A2 with 32 GB of permanent memory will cost 290 Swiss francs ($ 290), twice the amount of flash memory will be asked for $ 330 and buying the top version with 128 GB will cost $ 370. It is indicated that smartphone sales will start on August 8.
A shelf of Xiaomi gaming devices arrived: the company introduced the Mi Gaming Headset with good soundproofing and adjustable backlight.
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Headset is equipped with 40-mm emitters and poddezhivaet virtual 7.1-channel surround sound. The microphone is integrated directly into the headphones. There is an additional microphone of the noise suppression system, so that extraneous sounds are not broadcast. It supports two types of connection – with a 3.5-mm mini-jack or via USB. LED stripes at the ends of the headband work only with the second option. In the application on the computer, you can adjust the highlight color and modes.
In China Xiaomi Mi Gaming Headset will go on sale on April 27 at a price of about $ 55. Potentially a good addition to the gamer Mi Gaming Laptop – it remains to find out how things are with the sound quality.
Developers of AnTuTu have published information about the characteristics of the smartphone BlackShark, tested in their benchmark. They themselves assume that this is the first-born of the sister company Xiaomi of the same name, the page of which recently appeared in the Weibo service.
This company planned to focus on the release of powerful smartphones for mobile gamers. Judging by the data published by AnTuTu, BlackShark refers to such data. It is equipped with a display with a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels in an 18: 9 format with an unknown diagonal, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with an Adreno 630 accelerator, 8 GB of RAM and for some reason a very modest 32 GB carrier. Most likely, it can be attributed to the fact that the testing was a prototype of BlackShark, by the way, received in AnTuTu 270 680 points. There is a smartphone running Android 8.0.
Of course, it remains possible that the information on this device is an ordinary forgery. With the due desire and skill, anyone can create a virtual device based on the emulator, which will seem to AnTuTu a real smartphone.
Qualcomm introduced the basic model of a full-featured helmet for augmented and virtual reality with Snapdragon 845 inside. The company believes that this platform will not only demonstrate the capabilities of the hardware platform, but will also become the basis for commercial devices from partners. In Qualcomm assure: announcements of such devices are coming soon.
Earlier this year, several companies introduced helmets based on Snapdragon 835, including HTC and Lenovo. Devays received a generally positive feedback, but the new VR-headset will be even better. Snapdragon 845, which also includes an accelerator Adreno 630 and a coprocessor Hexagon 685, is 30% more efficient in graphics and at the same time consumes almost one third less energy. The latter is extremely important, because the helmets with this chip are autonomous, they do not connect to anything wires.
The Qualcomm reference headset with the built-in six-degree gyroscope, cameras and hardware environment re-creation system (SLAM) supports the technology Roomscale. It allows without installing additional modules around to determine the location of the owner and his movement around the room.
An important innovation of the new VR platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is Adreno Foveation technology. It thanks to the tracking of the view allows you to display the best quality image in the place where the user looks, redistributing the resources of the graphics accelerator.
Qualcomm said that the new hardware reference platform has already been tested with Daydream. However, this does not mean its binding to Google, chipmaker is ready to help other partners who want to optimize their VR and AR-environment for a new chip.
The Google Pay app has replaced the accustomed many Android Pay in the store. On the upcoming rebranding of the proprietary system of contactless payments, the search engine announced at the beginning of the year. Also part of the updated product will be the service Wallet, launched in 2011, but never received popularity.
Reasons for rebranding are unknown, although evil tongues can be suspected by the search engine in the banal copying of Apple. After all, Google Pay is very similar to Apple Pay, and the logos of both systems contain icons directly associated with the names of companies. However, it is more likely that Google just wanted to unbind the payment service ideologically from one operating system. Perhaps the company will try to integrate it into the Chrome OS or even unannounced products.
Despite the rebranding, the design of the application has remained the same. On the functionality in general, too, no change. Google Pay is a service that allows you to pay for purchases with a smartphone with an NFC module to a compatible terminal. In this case, not the data of a tied card, but a special code is transmitted to the terminal, which provides an additional security measure.
Qualcomm introduced LTE-modem Snapdragon X24 with support for LTE Cat. 20, 5CA and MIMO 4 × 4. The main achievement of the novelty will be the maximum download speed of data, increased to 2 Gbps.
This is a serious increase compared to the actual 1.2 Gbps that Snapdragon X20 can provide. This modem is integrated into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which will become the heart of many flagships in 2018. That is, we will see the X24 already in the top mobile GPU of 2019, the hypothetical Snapdragon 855. It can be announced this year, Qualcomm tries to hold such presentations earlier to provide an ideological advantage over possible competitors. The modem will be produced on a 7-nm process, most likely Snapdragon 855 too.
Qualcomm already works on the 5G-modem, the first devices with which can be released already in 2019. It is unlikely that they will be massive, because operators must prepare and create networks of a new generation, close in scope with the current LTE-networks. So the release of Snapdragon X24 next year does not seem strange.
MediaTek closed the line of flagship chipsets Helio X and focused on the development of Helio P, the top versions of which will outperform the performance of the Helio X30. According to Chinese sources, in the development of Taiwanese there is another promising project Helio P38, which will become an alternative to the mid-level chipset Snapdragon 632 (some sources claim that it will form the basis of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, if it does exist). According to these data, the chip will receive four cores Cortex-A73 and four cores Cortex-A53 (peak frequency 1.8 GHz), which will be supported by graphics accelerator Mali-G72MP3 with a frequency of 650 MHz.
A key argument in favor of the chip may be the price – Helio P38 supposedly appears in the devices of the price segment 800 yuan (7.1 thousand rubles). The timing of the announcement and availability is not yet announced, but it is rumored that Xiaomi and Meizu are interested in the chipset.
A well-known insider Evan Blass confirmed rumors about the announcement of smartphones Galaxy S9 in late February, as well as the exact dates of opening pre-orders and the start of sales. As expected, the new flagships will not have to wait long.
Date of announcement: 26 February
Opening pre-orders: March 1
The sales start: March 16
Information Evan received from the manufacturer of accessories, familiar with the plans of Samsung. Most likely, such terms will turn out to be true. In addition, the presentation was confirmed at the end of February by the representatives of the South Korean corporation.
Recall that almost all the characteristics of the flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 + are already known. Just yesterday, there was information about the capacity of the batteries, and earlier the network merged the photo of the box of the basic version of the smartphone, which revealed other features.
Insiders from China revealed the full list of top-end smartphones in 2018, which should receive the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. They specified not only the models themselves, but also the terms of their announcement. In total there were about 20 devices:
February: Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 +, LG G7 / G7 +;
April: Xiaomi Mi7;
May: HTC U12;
June: OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ Pro-A, ZTE nubia Z18;
August: Nokia 10;
September: Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3;
October: Google Pixel 3/3 XL, Sony Xperia XZ2, HTC U12 +, ZTE nubia Z18S;
November: Moto Z 2019;
December: OnePlus 6T, Samsung W2019.
Announcements of most of these smartphones – events are quite expected. However, the release of the flagship LG G7 in two versions of the rumors have not yet been. Apparently, this manufacturer decided to give Samsung an equivalent response to the new Galaxy S9 models. All four should submit at the end of February before the exhibition MWC 2017.
Recall that the processor itself, Snapdragon 845, was introduced in December. It is manufactured according to the company’s 10-nm technology of the second generation Samsung and includes eight Kryo 385 cores, one half of which operates at a frequency of up to 2.8 GHz, and the second – up to 1.8 GHz. In comparison with the predecessor, productivity increased by 25%, and energy efficiency by 30%. The new accelerator Adreno 630 became 30% more powerful than the previous one. Due to the ISP Spectra 280 the chip got support for recording HDR-video with a resolution of 4K and a frequency of 60 frames per second, as well as the ability to full-frame 16-megapixel shooting at 60 fps.